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When does oyster season in Charleston end?

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Headed down there May 1 and hoping to still get some oysters at Bowens, but worried the season is already (or will be by then) over.

Any insight?

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  1. May 15 is the target date for closing the season,but since its really all about water temp,and we are having a cool spring so for.I'll bet Bob's your uncle!

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    1. re: mollybelle

      Bob's my uncle?

      1. re: wallyg

        A colorful saying that mean "you're in luck"

    2. So far so good...mollybelle is right...the colder temps mean oysters are still delightful...we enjoyed a bushel last night out on the veranda.

      1. Typically from October till April. However most locals regard the season as October through March. It is still possible to find good Oysters later in the year, but the odds are against it.

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        1. re: rl1856

          so i probably shouldnt expect bowens island to have oysters on may 1?

          1. re: wallyg

            Bowen's Island will have Oysters on May 1. However quality may not be what it was in January or February.

        2. The rule of thumb is only months with an 'R' in them.

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          1. re: BlueHerons

            I thought that rule didn't apply anymore. Or just in the south? I know they're around all the time in Boston.

            1. re: Joanie

              The "R" month rule only applies to wild caught oysters, not farm raised, which supplies the majority of oysters. That's why oysters are so widely available throughout year.

          2. When the local oysters are done for the year do they start serving Apalachicola or other Gulf oysters in Charleston?

            I eat them all summer long. Pretty good to me.

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            1. re: kengk

              Gulf Oysters are available all year.